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King Lear Analysis

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In “King Lear,” William Shakespeare portrays women to be chaotic and unfit rulers unless they have manly characteristics. While Lear was still ruling, the kingdom was peaceful and calm. It wasn't until he decided to divide his land between his three daughters that life got chaotic.
In act 1 scene 1 the older daughters Goneril and Regan, each received a piece of land by expressing a love to their father so great it seemed too good to be true… only in this case it was too good to be true. Almost directly after they received their half of the land Regan and Goneril talk about how the old age of Lear fooled him into thinking they really loved him and also it lead to the banishment of his two favorite people, Kent and his youngest daughter Cordelia. When their talk came to an end Goneril and Regan agreed to work together to ensure their safety. With how things happened with Cordelia and Kent who knows what Lear will do next.
Regan and Goneril couldn't be more alike. Both girls have the same characteristics that lead them to make the same betraying decisions. One characteristic is selfishness. All they want-ed was to have land and power. It didn't matter who they lied to or who they crushed to get what they wanted. In act 1 scene 3 Goneril has a conversation with Oswald about her father. During that conversation she describes how “he wrongs her”. She goes on and on saying that she “will not speak with him” and “his knights grow riotous”. Honestly now that they have his land and power they don't want Lear in the picture. Both daughters see him as a burden and neither want Lear or any of his followers to live with them.
Another characteristic Regan and Goneril have in common is both girls deprive Lear of all his needs and necessities...

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...n. After she is ban-ished Cordelia goes under the radar until the end. When she finally comes back into the story she takes Lear to a doctor to treat his madness.
When Lear receives his medication and regains his conciseness the doctor tells Cordelia to talk to him so she says “O, my dear father, restoration hang thy medicine on my lips and let this kiss repair those violent harms that my two sisters have in thy reverence made”. Even after all that has happened, all the betrayal in her family she can still manage to be the same sweet, loving daughter she was in the beginning. She and Lear are captured by Edmund when the French lose the war an taken to a prison. Lear hopes to spend quality time with her, but she is hanged by Edmund before Albany can send help. Lear carries her body and with all the heartache he has felt and still feels dies with her in his arms.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how shakespeare portrays women as chaotic and unfit rulers unless they have manly characteristics. while lear was still ruling, the kingdom was peaceful and calm.
  • Analyzes how the older daughters goneril and regan, each received a piece of land by expressing their love to their father so great it seemed too good to be true.
  • Analyzes how regan and goneril's characteristics lead them to make the same betraying decisions. one characteristic is selfishness.
  • Explains that regan and goneril deprive lear of all his needs and necessities. they take away his home, followers, and pride. this self-confidence came from everything that was handed to them.
  • Narrates how regan tries to get lear to admit he was over reacting and wrong. he was shocked to hear this and disapproves the idea.
  • Analyzes how regan, goneril, and lear were selfish, manipulative, power hungry human beings when they met to discuss living arrangements.
  • Analyzes how regan feels power when cornwall and a servant are fighting and kills the servant from behind. she wants edmund for her husband after cornwall's death.
  • Analyzes how the two daughters feel untouchable, as if they can do anything they want. their emotions have a huge influence on the decisions they make.
  • Analyzes how goneril poisons regan when they were talking about the war and france. she felt threatened that she would take edmund away, but when albany knew about his death plan, she runs away and stabs herself.
  • Analyzes how cordelia is a better ruler because she has manly characteristic. she doesn't hold grudges and refuses to lie to her father with love.
  • Analyzes how cordelia manages to be the sweet, loving daughter she was in the beginning. she and lear are captured by edmund when the french lose the war.
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